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“Need to get whale shark boat operators under control” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mafia Marine National Park

Mafia Marine National Park
Chole Bay, Mafia Island, Tanzania
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Type: National Parks, Reefs, Outdoors
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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“Need to get whale shark boat operators under control”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This immense national marine park is a national treasure, and it affords protection to an immense variety of species. We visited during the annual whale shark migration, which was an awesome spectacle. However, the day we visited the whale sharks, there was a proliferation of motor boats, and about 20 snorkelers in the water. While the whale sharks are not affected by the snorkelers, the constant drone of motors and stalking the whale sharks drives them deep underwater and is not a good conservation practice (the whales may go elsewhere). So the marine park managers need to get better protocols in place. Seeing the whale sharks from a dhow or katamaran would be an entirely different experience. Or limiting the number of boats, and using fewer, but bigger craft, would also help.

Visited October 2012
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“snorkeling with local guides”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

(Whale sharks lodge owner was organizing the trip for us.)
Friendly people who exactly knew where to go. Snorkeling was amazing. Later we got fresh fish from a fisherman and our guide did a bbq at the beach. If you're a hungry person, take some small food with you, it can get late till you get your lunch ;)

Visited November 2012
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“Swimming with whale sharks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I finally wnet snorkeling with whale sharks, it was amazing, beautiful big giants in the water. Do not miss the opprotunity, Mafia Lodge has a dive center that can arrange a trip for you

Visited October 2012
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Sonoma County
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“Beautiful location in remote area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Didn't like the $20 (USD) per day per person access fee, but the place is so lightly used as to leave you feeling almost alone on the beaches and snorkeling. Old Africa, if you want to get away from it all!

Visited September 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Best reef in East Africa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Mafia still has amazing pristine reefs with a vast array of hard corals and a huge variety of fish, all the size they should be!
With whale sharks and humpback whales it's an incedible destination

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